Thomas More





Thomas More


Born
in London, England, The United Kingdom
December 24, 1475

Died
May 17, 1535

Genre

Influences


Sir Thomas More (/ˈmɔːr/; 7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), venerated by Catholics as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist. He was also a councillor to Henry VIII, and Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to 16 May 1532.

More opposed the Protestant Reformation, in particular the theology of Martin Luther and William Tyndale. He also wrote Utopia, published in 1516, about the political system of an imaginary ideal island nation. More opposed the King's separation from the Catholic Church, refusing to acknowledge Henry as Supreme Head of the Church of England and the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. After refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy
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Dialogue Concerning Heresies

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“For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.”
Thomas More, Utopia

“A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.”
Thomas More, Utopia

“[how can anyone] be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woolen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by a sheep, and they never turned it into anything better than a sheep.”
Thomas More, Utopia

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December 2015 Old School Classic Poll

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  36 votes, 24.3%

 
  32 votes, 21.6%

1516, Utopia by Thomas More, 135 pages
 
  25 votes, 16.9%

1857, The Professor by Charlotte Brontë, 269 pages
 
  22 votes, 14.9%

1880, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 352 pages
 
  16 votes, 10.8%

1880, Washington Square by Henry James, 240 pages
 
  12 votes, 8.1%

 
  5 votes, 3.4%

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